Joseph Mallord William Turner
St Vincent’s Tower, Naples c.1791

Artwork details

St Vincent’s Tower, Naples
Date c.1791
Medium Gouache, graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 201 x 252 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest I E
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Catalogue entry

Copied, with variations, from the central portion of Paul Sandby’s aquatint after Antonio Fabris, Part of Naples, with the Ruin’d Tower of St Vincent, published 1 January 1778. The Castel dell’ Ovo in the left background is replaced by mountains, the foreground figures modified and a boat omitted. Finlay draws attention to the influence of William Gilpin in Turner’s simplification of the elements, and the adoption of an oval format. The other side of the sheet (Tate D40266) has a study of the masonry of the base of the tower.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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